And then there were two…
That will be one of the headlines Tuesday after tonight’s edition of Monday Night Football on ESPN. The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens are both 2-0 and are two of only three undefeated teams left in the Conference. After tonight’s game, that number will drop to two.
Coverage for tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET on NFL Live. Live game coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET. The broadcast team of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters, and John Parry will cover the game live from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
CHIEFS WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS
Kansas City comes into tonight’s game on the heels of a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 2. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was 27/47 in the game, and 302 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers did not go down without a fight, though, matching, almost matching, or even outdoing the Chiefs in almost every statistic.
San Diego had 479 total yards to Kansas City’s 414. The Chargers also topped the Chiefs in passing yards, 296-289. The teams were evenly matched in average yards per play at 6.1 (San Diego) – 5.9 (Kansas City) while San Diego well outperformed Kansas City on the ground, totaling 183 rushing yards to Kansas City’s 125.
San Diego even had noticeably more total possession time during the game (39:27) versus Kansas City (28:38). Each team was at 46% in its 3rd down efficiency. Kansas City racked up 11 penalties in the game while San Diego only incurred six.
The short and simple here is that while Kansas City won its week two matchup, the game was the team’s to lose. Despite a strong performance, the Chargers came up just short. The team’s woes continued Sunday as it fell 21-16 to the Carolina Panthers, who ended a 10-game losing streak with its victory. Carolina improved to 1-2 with the win.
RAVENS WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS
Baltimore comes into tonight’s game on the momentum of its Week Two victory over the Houston Texans, defeating Houston 33-16. Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson went 18/24 for a total of 204 yards and one touchdown.
While Houston came up short in the game, it held its own against Baltimore in some of the game’s stats. Case in point is a comparison of the teams’ average yards per play figure. Houston gained an average of 5.3 yards per play while Baltimore gained an average of 6.3 yards per play.
Baltimore out did Houston in the ground game, going for a total of 230 yards against Houston’s 51. By comparison, Houston racked up at total of 253 passing yards to Baltimore’s 177.
Baltimore still outdid Houston in total yards 407-304.
Each team was balanced in its 3rd down efficiency. Baltimore was at 35% and Houston at 33%. Houston incurred four penalties versus three against Baltimore.
Looking at the numbers, again, Week 2’s matchup between the Ravens and Texas was hard fought on both sides of the ball, too.
Tonight’s AFC inter-divisional matchup is certain to be a close game. While Baltimore is playing host, both teams are 1-0 at home and on the road. Each is also 2-0 in conference play.
The one category in which one team outshines the other is points. Baltimore’s net points total is 49 while Kansas City has netted 17 points over two weeks. Baltimore has scored 71 points and allowed 22 over just two games. By comparison, Kansas City has scored 57 and allowed 40, a closer figure.
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